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A little tip for those of you who decide to order from a grocery store bakery....ask to talk to a decorator. I get really frustrated sometimes trying to figure out the orders the clerks wrote up. Don't stop in to pick up a cake late in the day after the decorators have left, no the clerks are not trained on how to write on cakes.
Go early in the morning and ask to have a decorator write on the cake.
For any of you who have thought about applying for a job in a grocery store, don't go to the ones who demand such production. Some do not. I have worked for 4 different grocery companies. All of them have let me do figure piping. It has been fun for me to take a cake design and figure out how I can do it really fast and still have a professional looking cake.
I did make a big mistake on a cake once. The customer wanted a cake for their son who was a doctor and loved to play the guitar. They wanted a guitar drawn on the cake. The clerk taking the order could neither spell nor write well. She spelled guitar starting with a J. The rest of the word was written poorly and I thought it said Janitor and I put a man with a mop on the cake. The customer was quite surprised. The same clerk who had taken the order was the one to give the cake to her. She said, "Oh, just give it to him, he will think it is funny". They took the cake and asked for no refund. Another order I had wanted a horse and the word looked like house...so they got a house. It is really hard for a decorator when they weren't the one taking the order.
I have a lot of customers who will only order their cake if they talk to me. They always get what they want that way.
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post #47 of 48
These are so funny I am sitting here on my computer laughing so hard. Thanks for a joyful ending to an even more wonderful day.

Would love to read more!
post #48 of 48
Oh man! Thanks to all the grocery store decorators who contributed to this thread! It definitely gives some greater insight as to what goes on in those store bakeries.

Sadly though, I'm going to use all of those insights as selling points when a potential client of mine asks why they should pay $75.00 for a 1/2 sheet with me, instead of $19.99 at Vons!!
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